Biography

Professor Thomas Otte teaches Diplomatic, International and Military History.

He is the author or editor of some fifteen books, including, most recently, the award-winning July Crisis: How the World Descended into War, Summer 1914 (CUP, 2014); he has also has published numerous essays in edited collections and articles in leading journals, including the English Historical Review, Historical Journal, and History.

Prof. Otte has been an adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). He is a trustee of the Foreign Office Historical Collection, and is a member of the national executive committee of the British International History Group (BIHG) (www.bihg.ac.uk).

 

All Publications

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Otte, T. G.

(2018)

The Waning of the Post-War Order: Historical Reflections on 2016 and the Emergence of a Twenty First-Century World Order,

in Chaos in the Liberal Order : The Trump Presidency and International Politics in the Twenty-First Century.

Columbia University Press

pp. 158-171

ISBN 9780231188357, 9780231188340

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Otte, T. G.

(2018)

"A banditti quarrel": Great Britain and the 1866 War,

in Der preußisch-österreichische Krieg 1866.

Schöningh

pp. 107-127

ISBN 978-3-506-78825-2

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Otte, T. G. (ed.)

(2017)

The Age of Anniversaries: The Cult of Commemoration, 1895-1925,

Routledge

ISBN 9781472488794

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Otte, T. G.

(2017)

Centenaries, Self-Historicization and the Mobilization of the Masses,

in The Age of Anniversaries : The Cult of Commemoration, 1895-1925.

Routledge

pp. 1-35

ISBN 9781472488794

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Otte, T. G.

(2017)

“A Kind of Black Hole”?: Commercial Diplomacy Before 1914,

in The Foreign Office, Commerce and British Foreign Policy in the Twentieth Century.

Palgrave Macmillan

pp. 25-68

ISBN 978-1-137-46580-1

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Otte, T. G.

(2016)

“Better to increase the power of Prussia”: Great Britain and the Events of 1864,

in Der Wiener Frieden 1864: Ein deutsches, europäisches und globales Ereignis.

Schöningh

pp. 265-292

ISBN 978-3506785251

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Otte, T. G.

(2016)

‘Allah is great and the NOT is his prophet’: sea power, diplomacy and economic warfare. The case of the Netherlands, 1900–1918,

in Britain's War At Sea, 1914-1918 : The war they thought and the war they fought.

Routledge

pp. 38-69

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Otte, T. G.

(2016)

‘Intimately dependent on foreign policy’: Joseph Chamberlain and Foreign Policy,

in Joseph Chamberlain : International Statesman, National Leader, Local Icon.

Palgrave Macmillan

pp. 17-47

ISBN 978-1-137-52884-1

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Otte, T.

(2016)

Postponing the Evil Day: Sir Edward Grey and British Foreign Policy,

in International History Review

38

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pp. 250-263

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Otte, T. G.

(2016)

Earl of Kimberley (1826–1902) and Japan,

in Britain & Japan: Biographical Portraits, Vol. X.

Global Oriental in association with the Japan Society

pp. 208-220

ISBN 978-1-898823-46-9

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Otte, T. G.

(2016)

Lord Lansdowne (1845–1927) and Japan,

in Britain & Japan: Biographical Portraits, Vol. X.

Global Oriental in association with the Japan Society

pp. 221-237

ISBN 978-1-898823-46-9

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Otte, T.

(2015)

War, Revolution, and the Uncertain Primacy of Domestic Politics,

in The Next Great War? : The Roots of World War I and the Risk of U.S.-China Conflict .

The MIT Press

pp. 103-126

ISBN 9780262028998

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Black, J. (ed.), Otte, T.

(2015)

We are part of the community of Europe”: The Tories, Empire and Foreign Policy, 1874-1914,

in The Tory World : Deep History and the Tory Theme in British Foreign Policy, 1679-2014.

Ashgate

pp. 203-227

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Geppert, D. (ed.), Mulligan, W. (ed.), Rose, A. (ed.), Otte, T.

(2015)

Entente Diplomacy v. Détente, 1911-1914,

in The Wars before the Great War : Conflict and International Politics before the Outbreak of the First World War.

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

pp. 264-282

ISBN 9781107478145

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Otte, T.

(2015)

‘Lord Salisbury and the Art of Leadership’,

in British Conservative Leaders .

Biteback

pp. 111-132

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Otte, T.

(2015)

The Long Shadow of the War: Sir Edward Grey and Liberal Foreign Policy before 1914,

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Otte, T. G.

(2014)

July Crisis: The World's Descent into War, Summer 1914,

Cambridge University Press

ISBN 9781107064904, 9781107695276

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Otte, T. (ed.)

(2014)

An Historian in Peace and War: The Diaries of Harold Temperley, 1900-1939,

Ashgate

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Otte, T.

(2014)

"Not getting his meals in the kitchen": Lord Acton's Quest for Public Office, 1892-1894,

in History

99

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pp. 19-39

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Otte, T.

(2014)

The Outbreak of the First World War: Structure, Politics, and Decision-Making,

in A “Formidable Factor in European Politics”: Views of Russia in 1914.

Cambridge University Press

pp. 87-114

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Key Research Interests

I am primarily interested in the history of Great Power relations from the 16th to the 20th centuries.

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Trustee of the Foreign Office Historical Collection.
  • Fellow of the International History Institute, Boston University, USA.
  • Member of the national executive committee of the British International History Group (BIHG)